|Document ID (ISN)||53622|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
|Convention or series no.
||Nethercott J.R., Holness D.L.
||Contact dermatitis in funeral service workers
||May 1988, Vol.18, No.5, p.263-267. 27 ref.
||Eighty-four funeral service workers and 38 control workers were evaluated for the presence of skin disease by history, clinical examination and patch tests with formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde. No relationship between either personal or family history of cutaneous or respiratory manifestations of atopy and clinical parameters of cutaneous disease or patch test results was found. Cutaneous disease was reported in apprentices, active embalmers and inactive embalmers in decreasing order of frequency. Positive patch test reactions to formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde were found in 4% and 7% of the exposed workers respectively, but in none of the controls. Although exposure to glutaraldehyde was less frequent, the prevalence of positive patch test reactions did not differ. This may suggest that glutaraldehyde poses a greater practical risk of cutaneous sensitisation in this trade than formaldehyde.
||formaldehyde; glutaraldehyde; skin allergies; sensitization; individual susceptibility; funeral services; eczema
||dermatitis; comparative study; medical examinations; skin tests
||D - Periodical articles
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology